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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spy Wednesday: Reflecting on the Judas in Myself

How many times do I betray Christ? How many times do I put human respect or selfishness ahead of God's will in my life? How many times do I close my eyes to the needs of my neighbors because they did not meet my expectations or I found them not to my taste? Judas is part of my nature. I know him well. Would I scream, "Crucify him!" before Pilate? Would I mock my God hanging on the cross? Please no, Lord. Make me all yours and then do with me what You will.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday of Holy Week: The Rising Conflict

On Monday of Holy Week Jesus made His authority very clear, not only over nature by cursing the fig tree, but over the Temple. Now on Tuesday, He returns with the apostles to the temple precincts and engages in teaching and dispute with the chief priests, pharisees, and elders. They demand to know by what authority He acts? He responds by asking them a question. "If you give me an answer, I will tell you on what authority I do the things I do. Tell me, was John's baptism of divine origin or merely from men?"

The pharisees in their worldly "prudence" consider, not the answer, but what will be the impact of their answer on the crowd following Jesus. They aren't interested in truth, but only in their own power and influence. And so, seeing a no win situation, they take the coward's way out. "We do not know," they say. And Jesus refuses to answer their hypocritical question.

He then goes on to tell a parable that enrages them,

Important Insights about What's Happening in Nevada: Greed, greed, and more greed!

If you don't have time to read the entire article scroll to the bottom and read the summary about what's happening out West. I'll give you the quick and dirty according to this author:
1st, get all the ranchers, farmers, Native Americans, and foresters that use the land for positive, sustainable production off of the land; 
2nd, grab up all the resources; 
3rd, close off the lands to public access including camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, boating, shooting, etc; 
4th, sell off the resources to the highest bidder regardless of what that will do to the land, the local environment, or the economy; 
5th, collect royalties on the resources in perpetuity; 
6th, reduce and eliminate all SLS and PILT payments to the states, impoverishing them beyond belief.) 
And finally:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Raid on Bundy Ranch is in the Works, Says Sheriff

SHERIFF: FEDS STRATEGIZE FOR 'RAID' ON RANCH: Warning follows threat from Harry Reid that grazing dispute 'not over'
Reid on Monday told KRNV-TV in Reno: “It’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.”
Is this a joke? We have illegal aliens invading the country in massive numbers and not only walk away from our laws, but collect food stamps, overwhelm our schools and hospitals, run drugs for the cartels. But an American family who has been grazing cattle on public lands for over 100 years are lawbreakers?
Mack, a longtime sheriff, told WND that Reid’s statements are beyond the pale. 
“That kind of stupidity, where he puts federal regulations and policies of bureaucrats ahead of a family in his state that has done no wrong or committed a crime,” Mack said. 
He charged that it is Reid who is destroying his own state’s ranching industry as well as the U.S. Constitution. The sheriff chided the senator for making statements about abiding by laws.
“Isn’t that amazing? The biggest crook in Washington,” Mack said. 
On the issue of a raid, he said: “That’s what we have heard. It’s not confirmed. People we had on the inside told us the BLM still is considering raiding the Bundy ranch. We’re going to keep in touch with them, protect them, pray for them.”
Read more here.

Former Arizona Sheriff Reveals Chilling Strategy to Put Women ‘Up at the Front’ During Bundy Ranch Standoff

Sheriff Mack is the head of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association  They work closely with another group of law enforcement officers called Oath Keepers. Read the list of orders these patriots swear to disobey! America may be in trouble, but we still have good men (and women) committed to the principles on which this country was founded. Pray for them and for the Republic, one nation, under God...with liberty and justice for all. As for Harry Reid and politicians of his ilk, they make you long for the day when citizens tarred and feathered them and ran them out of town on a rail.

Chinese Want Nevada Land

It's all about profit for Harry Reid's family. And you thought they cared about the endangered tortoise. Hahahahahahahahah......

Here's a bit from the article:
Part of the land ENN wants to use was purchased from Clark County at well below appraised value. Rory Reid is the former Clark County Commission chairman, and he persuaded the commission to sell 9,000 acres of county land to ENN on the promise it would provide jobs for the area, Reuters reported in 2012....
Further, Loesch reports, Harry Reid pressured the BLM to change the tortoise's protected zone to accommodate developer Harvey Whittemore, one of the Democrat's top donors.Whittemore was convicted in May 2013 of making illegal campaign contributions to him. 
"BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development," Loesch writes.
"Clearly, these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor."

Russian Fighters Harrass U.S. Warship

Russian fighter jet buzzes U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea amid Ukraine crisis
Hmmm....does this make you feel safe? We are the laughing stock of the world and Putin has no compunction about advertising it. What next? The world is becoming more and more unstable here at home and abroad as well. Better be wearing out your rosary beads.

Bundy Ranch Double Cross?

More agents and equipment are arriving at Bundy ranch. Do you trust the Feds? They said it was over, but obviously not. Read more here. If it's over why do they need a command unit and a paddy wagon?

Monday of Holy Week: Cursing of the Fruitless Fig Tree

Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem with the apostles. As they walk along the way, He sees a fig tree in the distance. Being hungry, He approaches it to look for figs, but it's not the time for figs. So why does Jesus curse the fig tree?

Well, Jesus never did anything without a point. So the question is, what was He trying to teach the apostles then and us now?

The fig tree episode appears between Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem where he "went into the temple precincts [and]...inspected everything there" and the cleansing of the temple the next day when he drives out the money lenders and merchants telling them they've made His Father's house a "den of thieves." Note during the cleansing of the temple that Jesus "began to teach them." These two teaching episodes emphasize the kingship and authority of Jesus. He and the Father are one. The temple is His to cleanse and protect.

Between these two scenes we have the fig tree event. It is Monday of Holy Week. Being hungry  gives Jesus a reason to approach the fig tree and, finding no fruit, He curses it. "Never again shall anyone eat of your fruit!" He says. But Christ's purpose is more than about looking for fruit. He is teaching the apostles an important truth which Mark emphasizes by saying, "His disciples heard all this."

So what was He teaching? The fig tree in Hebrew Scriptures represents the nation of Israel. The prophets compare faithful Israel to a fruitful vine or a basket of delicious figs. What Jesus is showing His apostles is that the nation and the temple, instead of being a source of sanctification, have become nothing but empty show where lengthened phylacteries and scrupulous attention to the law represent the showy green leaves on the fruitless fig tree. Actually, finding figs would have prevented His teaching point. And, remember, when they return the next day, they find the tree withered "to its roots." Wow! What a lesson for us. We had better be faithful, fruitful servants! We don't want to hear the Master saying, "Tear down this useless tree. Why should it litter up the garden?" Let us pray for grace to persevere and always conform ourselves to the will of God. May Jesus Christ be prainsed!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Clive Bundy Incident Related to Corrupt Politician Harry Reid

Omigosh! A corrupt politician, political power, cronyism...can it be true? A Democrat acting like a mafia thug instigating a federal agency with snipers and helicopters to  target Americans so he can see the land rented to the Chinese and other business interests?  No, no...what American politician wold possibly put the interests of foreign powers ahead of an American rancher in his own state? 

And here's more:

Breaking: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch

Feds Back Down From Bundy Siege After Infowars Exposé of Chinese Land Grab

It's time to retire Harry Reid. Impeachment would be even better. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thank God there are still some patriots left!

We know the feds have backed down and that's good. But it's only because patriots came to the defense of Clive Bundy and his family. Go back to the video. Pay attention when they pan the crowd: old folks, young folks, parents, scouts.... These are the salt of the earth kind of people, farmers and know the ones derided by Obama as "clinging to their guns and their Bibles." But this man's eloquence reminds me of Patrick Henry against the tyranny of another age:
Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! [Read his complete speech here.]
This is our heritage! May we not squander it in exchange for a bowl of pottage! Pray for all those persecuted by our out-of-control Empire of evil. I don't say that lightly. The U.S. government mandates evil, exports evil, and many of our politicians and cultural leaders are committed to evil (usually in the pursuit of power, pleasure, and plunder). Pray and fight. And don't forget that our most powerful weapons are spiritual!

Clive Bundy Family Wins....for Now

Rancher Prevails in 'New Ruby Ridge' Battle as Feds Back Down

Offering prayers of thanksgiving! Fight for state sovereignty!

Know the Enemy And Make a Good Holy Week!

Pope Francis is talking about the devil again. It's obvious he's a believer in the corrupter of souls! And Holy Week is a good time to reflect on his evil designs. You can't resist an enemy if you don't recognize him, so learn to "discern the spirits" as St. John says, because the devil can appear as an angel of light.

The devil, a liar and murderer from the beginning, isn't going to present sin in its ugliness. You won't see him depicting sodomy as painting fesces on the wall or the consequences of adultery with devastated children acting out with drugs and alcohol. No, sex is for pleasure and however you want to engage in it is your "freedom of choice." Enjoy, it's pleasurable. Who can dare to judge you for just having fun? A broken-hearted spouse? Grieving parents? Scandalized children? Diseases? Forget about them. You have a right to be happy!

Well, the Holy Father has no illusions about the devil and here's what he tells us:
Some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here… even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.
Fight the enemy this week with the Eucharist, Confession, the rosary, Stations of the Cross, Scripture reading, prayer, and meditation. When you are most under attack, pray the St. Michael Prayer and repeat the powerful name of Jesus. "My Jesus I trust in You." Resist the devil and he will flee from you!

May this Holy Week bring us all closer to the Lord of Life who loves us enough to stretch out His arms on the cross and die to save us from eternal damnation. "Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine."

Friday, April 11, 2014

"It's My Job." Government and its Immoral Orders!

Anybody wonder how things happened the way they did in Nazi Germany? People just following orders. Read this article and the statement of the ranger dragged into Nevada from out of state to persecute Clive Bundy and his family for daring to graze their cattle on public land, a practice in their family since the 1880s. The family pays land use fees to the county, but the Bureau of Land Management says they owe over a million dollars to the feds. Hey, if they want the land it's their land!

Can anyone explain to me how the feds have the right to just scoop of state lands all over the country and declare it federalized? If the EPA sees a puddle on your property they can declare it a wetland. If a snail darter is found in your pond or a kangaroo rat in your field, you can lose any right to use your property as you wish. If the government decides

This is the "Tolerance" of Homosexual Hate Groups!

If you're a Christian and you dare to say that some types of behavior are wrong, don't try to get into Canada! Watch out, America. This is what homosexual activists want in our country as well!

Christian Speaker Targeted by Homosexual Detained in Canada

Think the Media Will Report These Words of Pope Francis?

Pope Francis calls abortion an "abominable crime."

Probably not - since it doesn't fit their narrative.

Charlotte's Bishop Jugis Defends Fr. Kauth...

...and laments lack of charity on the part of critical parents.

Bishop Jugis calls Charlotte Catholic controversy 'difficult'

Fed Snipers Threaten Cattle Rancher

Good morning, Amerika!

The feds are out protecting your rights today by closing 600,000 acres of land used by rancher Clive Bundy and his family since the early 1800s to graze his cattle. The farmer has been paying land use fees to the local Nevada county, but the Bureau of Land Management has stepped in (claiming to protect an "endangered turtle" - which has apparently been able to survive for a few hundred years without them) and wants fees paid to the fed. To enforce their new assault on the state of Nevada and the farmer they have snipers, helicopters, and hundreds of armed agents targeting the unarmed family for daring to graze their cattle on the snatched property.

Remember when cattle rustlin' was a hanging offense? Not if it's the feds of Amerika. Hey, you sell raw milk they'll invade your store and smash all the bottles on your shelves. You dare to be different or politically incorrect, prepare for a home invasion. This is scary! God help the Bundy family. And get the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) thugs out of Nevada!

Wake up, Amerika. Maybe you're sleeping because the feds haven't targeted you....not yet anyway.

Will this end up like Ruby Ridge?

Nevada Officials Blast Feds

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grandchildren and Getting Up Close and Personal to God's World

And what a blessing to combine them both. Anybody who's been reading my blogs for long knows that Larry and I are novice beekeepers and loving it! So if you want to see what Springtime is bringing in the way of our love of our grandkids and our love for nature, check it out here. You can admire our girls -- we have a cast of thousands!

Two Thumbs Up for Fr. Roos in the Diocese of Arlington

US: Catholic church fires ‘gifted’ gay musician for marrying his partner

Someone in a position of prominence in a Catholic parish cannot be publicly thumbing his nose at the Church without causing serious scandal. No matter how gifted a musician is, if he is living a disordered life that causes scandal he (or she) must be removed. It would be the same for a teacher in a Catholic school living in fornication with her boyfriend. We're all sinners, but you cannot profess to be living an authentic Catholic life while flaunting Church teaching.

Good for Fr. Roos. He deserves our public thanks. Pray for Mike McMahon. There is no such thing as same-sex "marriage." No matter how much you want to play let's pretend, two men do not have the body parts to unite and pro-create. They can only play in each feces which most of us outgrew when we shed our diapers. It is a sad day that our world has accepted as normal something so diseased and distorted. God, our Father, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Liturgical Aberrations Teach...And What They Teach is Wrong!

I recently had a phone conversation with a fellow parishioners who is going to Germany to visit with her daughter and family. In the course of our exchange she said, "It's interesting. They do things so differently at the Church there," and went on to mention a few innocuous items. Then she said, "At Communion the priest invites everyone up to make a semicircle around him and then distributes the hosts and they all take Communion together." I almost dropped the phone.

The first thing I thought of when she told me this was, "Who receives Communion that way?"

Here's the answer:

Concelebrating priests receive the Eucharist from the main celebrant BEFORE he receives and they all Communicate together. 

So what does it say when a priest does what my friend described? It treats the laity as concelebrating ministers of the Eucharist which is fundamentally dishonest and confusing. It also removes their right to receive on the tongue which is the preferred form of reception. 

Pray for shepherds who scandalize the flock. The German Church is a mess as the divorced/Communion debate is illustrating.

Jesus said clearly that those who are faithful in small things will be faithful in greater. I'm not sure how small the liturgical abuse described is frankly. It sounds pretty serious to me. But, isn't it interesting that priests are often telling Catholics to conform to their own particular idiosyncrasies, like standing after Communion until everyone returns to the pew (real consideration for the elderly, eh?), while laity who refuse to conform to priestly browbeathing are anathemized and called lacking in humility. My take on it? Shepherd, heal thyself!